Italian manufacturer, the Gnutti Carlo Group, has named Cato Networks its Best Supplier in the Innovation category for 2021. The award recognises the high value of the WAN connectivity and security the Cato SASE Cloud delivers in support of Gnutti Carlo Group’s digital transformation initiative. Using just Cato SASE Cloud, the Gnutti Carlo Group has replaced its legacy MPLS services into China, legacy firewalls, VPN concentrators, and gained secure, high-performance connections to public and private clouds.
“Cato’s focus on product, process, and methods helped the Gnutti Carlo Group adopt a new enterprise approach for a cloud-native networking and security service, the Cato SASE Cloud. It is for this that Cato won the 2021 Innovation Award,” says Omar Moser, Chief Information Officer at Gnutti Carlo Group. “Thanks to the Cato platform together with strategic services, Gnutti Carlo Group has benefitted from a more structured, controlled, and secure ICT landscape across the entire company.”
Gnutti Carlo Group, headquartered in Maclodio (Brescia, Italy), is a world leading manufacturer in the automotive sector. It is a partner to several OEMs that are active in the auto, truck, earthmoving, motorcycle, marine, generator sets, and e-mobility sectors. With a turnover of 700 million euros and nearly 4,000 employees, the company spans 16 plants in nine countries in Europe, America, and Asia.
The company began recognizing its outstanding suppliers in 2015 with an award in each of three categories: direct material, indirect, and innovation. All divisions throughout the multinational company nominate and evaluate a small number of suppliers for each category. “Gnutti Carlo Group strongly believes in this initiative through which the good engagement and the exceptional performance of the suppliers are recognized and well appreciated,” says Moser.
“We appreciate Gnutti Carlo Group’s recognition of Cato as the Best Supplier for Innovation in ICT and more specifically in networking and security,” says Luca Simonelli, Vice President of EMEA Sales for Cato Networks. “Converging networking and security into the global Cato SASE Cloud enables Gnutti Carlo Group and all enterprises to become more efficient and agile in addressing critical business initiatives for global operations, cloud migration, widespread remote access, and business restructuring and transformation.”
Cato was nominated as a result of transforming Gnutti Carlo Group’s security and networking infrastructure. The project began with addressing global networking. “We were undertaking a digital transformation initiative across the enterprise, and we needed to standardize and simplify the network connectivity and security of our wide area network,” says Moser.
The company evaluated traditional appliance-based networks and security service edge (SSE) solutions but wasn’t happy with the results. “They couldn’t provide us with both security and networking,” he says. “Cato Networks’ innovative approach gives us both all in a simple cloud solution. It even supports our facilities in China.”